The ris­ing cases of ab­duc­tion

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Tak­ing as­pirin could help some women to con­ceive, new re­search sug­gests +2. Tak­ing as­pirin could help some women to con­ceive, new re­search sug­gests. Tak­ing as­pirin could in­crease a woman’s fer­til­ity, new re­search sug­gests.

U.S. sci­en­tists found low doses of the drug could im­prove the chances of con­cep­tion and of hav­ing a live birth.

But, con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, they dis­cov­ered tak­ing the drug does not pre­vent mis­car­riage.

Re­searchers at the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health say many doc­tors pre­scribe low doses of as­pirin to women who have had a mis­car­riage or still­birth and who want to con­ceive again.

How­ever, they say the ef­fec­tive­ness of this treat­ment had not been proven.

So, they ran­domly as­signed more than 1,000 women with a his­tory of preg­nancy loss ei­ther a low dose of as­pirin daily or a placebo.

They then fol­lowed them for six months while they tried to con­ceive.

The re­searchers found there was no dif­fer­ence in the preg­nancy loss rates be­tween the two groups.

But, they did find that women who had ex­pe­ri­ence a sin­gle, re­cent preg­nancy loss had an in­creased rate of preg­nancy and live birth while tak­ing a daily as­pirin tablet.

These women were classed as those who had lost a baby be­fore four and a half months ges­ta­tion within the past year.

Among these women, 78 per cent be­came preg­nant dur­ing the study, com­pared to 66 per cent of those who took the placebo.

Some 62 per cent of the women who had had a sin­gle re­cent preg­nancy lost and were tak­ing as­pirin had a live birth com­pared to 53 per cent of those not tak­ing the drug.

It is thought the drug aids con­cep­tion be­cause it in­creases blood flow to the uterus

It is thought the drug aids con­cep­tion be­cause it in­creases blood flow to the uterus

The re­searchers be­lieve the rea­son for this could be that as­pirin in­creases blood flow to the womb.

They are now hop­ing to study whether as­pirin could also help other sub-groups to con­ceive.

The find­ings were pub­lished in The Lancet.

Culled from Mail On­line

One of the worst things that a par­ent can ex­pe­ri­ence is for his child to go miss­ing. In other words, these days, it may be kid­nap­ping for ran­som or out­right steal­ing of the child (even adults) for rit­ual killings. This means that no one is re­ally safe from these crim­i­nals that prowl every­where and abduct people.

While chil­dren could be en­ticed by sweets, bis­cuits and the like, teenagers and adults are ab­ducted by us­ing charms to make them fol­low the ab­duc­tors with­out re­fus­ing or rais­ing alarm.

Though many have dis­puted such claims, es­pe­cially af­ter the vic­tims have es­caped and told their sto­ries. This is more so as they can hardly trace the rit­u­al­ists’ den.

Those that es­cape are the lucky ones that live to tell their sto­ries, while the un­lucky ones are never found, killed prob­a­bly, while their par­ents and rel­a­tives keep hop­ing to find them.

Their ar­gu­ment is that in this age, how could one be­lieve such ‘su­per­sti­tion’?

But then, from time to time people are caught with hu­man parts, to be used for rit­u­als ap­par­ently. And even if we don’t be­lieve it works, the fact re­mains that people are killed to har­vest their or­gans for the rit­u­als.

How­ever, this is hap­pen­ing a lot to be the fig­ment of few people’s imag­i­na­tion, seek­ing for at­ten­tion.

A nine-year old boy went miss­ing re­cently in Kano for some days. The par­ents looked for him every­where, in­clud­ing hos­pi­tals, but they couldn’t find him.

He was later found wan­der­ing along the road by some­one. He was even­tu­ally taken to his par­ents. He told them he es­caped from where he was taken, but while he was a nor­mal boy be­fore he went miss­ing, he is now man­i­fest­ing men­tal prob­lem.

An­other case was where a woman went into one house and asked the house­wife to es­cort her some­where. The house­wife aban­doned ev­ery­thing and fol­lowed her. The hus­band came back and found she was not around, which he found strange, be­cause if she had to go out she would phone him.

So he called her phone, but it was switched off. The ab­duc­tors later called him af­ter two days that he should go to one cross­road to take his wife, that she gave them a dif­fi­cult time. He found her there in chains.

As for kid­nap­ping, which is creep­ing into our so­ci­ety, the re­cent case of a five-year old Aliyu Aminu kid­napped and sub­se­quently killed in Kano last month is an ex­am­ple.

The kid­nap­pers de­manded ran­som, and two mil­lion naira was de­posited into the bank ac­count they gave. But it was frozen and they couldn’t with­draw the money, so they killed the boy and dumped his corpse in an un­com­pleted build­ing.

Also last month, about fif­teen people in chains were dis­cov­ered in the Idi Man­goro area in Soka com­mu­nity of Ibadan, Oyo State. They were dis­cov­ered by se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives in an aban­doned property. They were be­lieved to be kid­napped to be used for rit­u­als.

Only God knows how many more such evil places are in this coun­try.

Such rit­u­als that are done with hu­man parts are said to be for riches, and some people are so des­per­ate to get rich that they sac­ri­fice or sell even their loved ones such as chil­dren and wives.

Yet, po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tion is also be­lieved to be an­other rea­son why people pa­tro­n­ise these rit­u­al­ists that use hu­man parts.

People should be more care­ful in in­ter­act­ing with strangers and re­port sus­pi­cious move­ments around them. We should all do our best to guard against such evil people that have no re­gard for hu­man life. They are also heartless in in­flict­ing pain on the par­ents and rel­a­tives of the vic­tims. And any­body that learns of it for that mat­ter.

The rit­u­al­ists should also get court sen­tences that will re­flect their crime, may be, oth­ers would think twice be­fore get­ting in­volved in rit­ual killing or kid­nap­ping, as the case may be.

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